Here you will find interviews, reviews, and other bits of media related to my work.
“Add adventure to your family walks with a little street art appreciation.” The Toronto Star feature
” [A] playful approach to perception and perspective.” Quill and Quire, STARRED review!
“A thoroughly original fable about art’s revitalizing power.” -Publisher’s Weekly review
“Sweet and wistful. . . Banksy might be flattered by this book, but he probably wouldn’t admit it in public.” Kirkus Reviews
“Inspirational and provocative.” FIVE star review CM Magazine
“Anonymouse is a poetic and visually witty paean to the power of creativity and the ability of art to inspire and unite us. Readers will enjoy wondering what Anonymouse could be up to right now and will surely consider their own surroundings in a new, imaginative light. “ The BookPage review
“The fleeting creature who brings beauty and joy to everyone, creating in improbable places, illustrates for kids how art can pop up anywhere. Less about the artistic process than about the unexpected nature of creativity, Vikki VanSickle and Anna Pirolli’s new book emphasizes how, once it is here, we come to depend on these surprising appearances to enrich our lives. Imaginary Elevators review
“[M]ixes street art, animals and gorgeous illustrations to create a meditation on how art can uplift any creature’s spirit when it speaks directly to them.” 49th Shelf
“There’s no somber, classroom-approved message in this book, rather it is a celebration of art for art’s sake, reveling in the spontaneity of street art. ” I’veReadThis Jr Edition
“The many sweet stories told in the accompanying artwork are sure to lead to focused attention and lively discussion about animals, art and the environment.” Sal’s Fiction Addiction
“Vikki VanSickle’s storytelling is wonderful here, making Anonymouse simultaneously quick-witted and incisive. ” Fab Book Reviews
“Anonymouse is a beautiful and vibrant picture book. ” Young Adulting
For TEDDY BEAR OF THE YEAR:
Hooked on Books Interview about Teddy Bear of the Year and writing
“VanSickle amuses with on-the-job lingo, and Hanson’s enchanted scenes highlight teddies’ ability to comfort.” Publisher’s Weekly
“A kind, fuzzy story . . . sincerely celebrates kindness and comfort.” Kirkus Reviews
“The empathetic story of hardworking Teddy’s will appeal to young and old readers, and the artwork is soothing and reassuring. An excellent way to end a stressful or busy day.” Young Adulting
“Teddy Bear of the Year is a well-written and lovingly illustrated book, one imbued with humour that readers of all ages will appreciate.” CM magazine, 5 star review
“Teddy Bear of The Year is the perfect children’s story and it warmed all our hearts (including our teddy bears)…We give it 10 bears out of 5!” Momma Braga
“[W]ell-paced, sweet and engaging story. . .the gentle lesson Ollie learns is something we could all benefit from hearing.” Resource Links
“The message highlighting the importance of consistency is a subtle one, but it’s relevant for all age groups, and I must confess I felt a relaxing sense of confirmation after finishing this book. My daughter simply loved the idea of her stuffed animals living their own secret life once she went to sleep, so this book is a true crowd pleaser.” I’ve Read This Jr Edition
“[W]arm-hearted, unpretentious, and up-to-date.” Imaginary Elevators
“This beautiful book explains empathy, love and togetherness so beautifully. We can’t emphasize enough how much this book should be in your personal library.” TheBabySpot.ca
“Teddy bear learns a valuable life lesson in this delightful picture book.” HubPages.com
46 Canadian Picture Books to Read This Spring CBC Books
For THE WINNOWING:
Vikki VanSickle, Danielle Younge-Ullman Amone 2018 Forest of Winners, CBC Books, May 2018
9 Canadian young adult books we are excited to read CBC Books
Why Vikki VanSickle writes for her 11 year-old self CBC books
“Vikki VanSickle has lots to say about fear, distrust, manipulation, and blind submission but also about defiance, courage and winnowing the irrational to reveal the truth. What The Winnowing teaches us is that there is a need for caution in construing meaning within the realm of fear, as well as for openness and respect for all.” CanLit for Little Canadians review
” [E]ven though this book is very clearly steeped in the sci-fi genre, what shines more are the topics of friendship, growing up, and accepting who you are. ” Squinklebooks review
” The Winnowing is a story of friendship, of challenging the status quo, and of scientific endeavour which has taken a very sinister turn.” CM Magazine review
For IF I HAD A GRYPHON:
“Vikki VanSickle’s first picture book is an outstanding success. The humorous storyline, the strong rhyming scheme, and the bold illustrations by Cale Atkinson make If I Had a Gryphon a marvellous addition to the picture book genre. Sure to be a favourite among fantasy fans and those contemplating what their perfect pet might be—mythical or otherwise! ” CM Magazine
“VanSickle delivers lean, bouncy verse and an impressive array of offbeat creatures, while Atkinson’s illustrations are bold and hint at dynamic motion. . .brisk and bright. “ Kirkus Reviews
“VanSickle’s rhymes are unflaggingly exuberant as the girl puts up with noisy harpies, biting chupacabras, and mischievous fairies, and Atkinson fills the pages with visual comedy. ” Publisher’s Weekly Review
“VanSickle uses catchy and clever rhymes to move the story briskly along, while Atkinson captures perfectly the mounting frustration and dismay of the resourceful but increasingly dispirited heroine..A great read-aloud that will get children excited to learn about the amazing creatures that can be found within the pages of a book. ” School Library Journal
“A delightful book.” Globe and Mail
“Books Your Kids Will Actually Like, Chosen by The People Who Know.” Slate.com
Roger’s TV- Oxford County Living interview, March 2016
Author Shares Mythical Pet Care Tips, The Winkler Times, May 2018
Five Questions Q&A Avery & Augustine
Interview & review at Fab Book Reviews
Interview & review at Books are My Fandom
The Book Wars review
“If you’ve ever wished for an exciting pet or would have cursed someone to be in Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class, this book is for you.” Bellsie Books
“Though the roster of books about unconventional pets is lengthy, few pack in as many candidates as this one. Kids are sure to get a kick out of this practical glimpse at magical creatures.” Booklist
“This book is perfect for the kid who has a boundless imagination.” Mary Had a Little Library
“[I]t will no doubt be the gateway book to kids reading Harry Potter. It is the perfect storybook for instilling a love for imaginative and creative ideas! ” Picky Pages Project
“I think this is one of the best children’s books I have read recently and I loved the rhyming pattern. ” Read Jezire Read
“Vikki Van Sickle’s bouncy, rhyming verse begs to be read aloud. With its funny and offbeat humour, If I Had a Gryphon is the perfect choice for readers yearning for a furry or fantasy pet of their own. ” National Reading Campaign Review
Storytime Spotlight podcast interview
Canadian Children’s Book News June 2016 Interview
For SUMMER DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS:
Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. The Montreal Gazette. July 2014.
Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. Cherry Blossoms and Maple Syrup. May 2014.
Summer Days, Starry Nights Review Squinklebooks March 2015.
Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. On Page 394. April 17, 2013.
Summer Days, Starry Nights. The Fun Librarian. October 28, 2013.
Summer Days, Starry Nights on CTV Kitchener’s Province-Wide Summer Reading List. July 29, 2013.
Summer Days, Starry Nights: A Profound Sense of Place. Regina Leader-Post. July 6, 2013.
Third Hand Bookstore Book of the Week: Summer Days, Starry Nights
Summer Days, Starry Nights. Toronto Star Review. August 18, 2013.
Summer Days, Starry Nights. Winnipeg Press Review. August 17th, 2013.
A Breath of Summer: Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. Bookish Notions. July 5, 2013
Review: Summer Days, Starry Nights. Fabbity Fab Book Reviews. July 5, 2013.
Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. Quill and Quire. June 2013
Canadian Children’s Book Centre: List of LGBTQ Books for Kids and Teens (Days That End in Y)
Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. Edge of Seventeen. June 21, 2013
Q&A with Edge of Seventeen Blog. June 21, 2013
Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. Your Hidden Shelf. June 17, 2013.
Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. CanLit for Little Canadians. June 11, 2013.
Groovin’ to the 60s at Summer Days, Starry Nights Launch: Recap. Bookish Notions. May 31, 2013.
For DAYS THAT END IN Y
Toronto Public Library: The Book on the Shelf, Spirit Day 2014 Edition
CBC Books: If You Love Judy Blume, You’ll Love…Days That End in Y. May 30, 2014.
Marty Chan, YA Writers on Shakespeare. The Next Chapter. CBC Books. April 21, 2014.
Resource Links Magazine Best Books of 2013: Fiction Grades 7-12
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Family Literacy Day 2014 Reading List
YA PRIDE: Days That End in Y. More Than Just Magic. June 18th, 2013.
Days That End in Y Review. Misbehavin’ Librarian. March 3, 2013.
Days That End in Y Review. CanLit for Little Canadians. March 1, 2013.
Five Star Review: Days That End in Y. Rachelle Delaney Tumblr. February 21, 2013.
Days That End in Y Review. Fabbity Fab Book Reviews. February 12, 2013.
Woodstock’s Top 40 Under 40. Oxford Shopping News. June 29, 2012.
Children’s Author Talks Value of Books with Local Readers. Prince Albert Daily Herald. May 9, 2012.
Vikki VanSickle has Seen the Highs of Having Several Books Published and the Lows of the Dozens Manuscripts Rejected. Saint Thomas Times Journal. March 26, 2012.
See if you can find me in this slideshow of pictures from the 2012 Book Lovers Ball via The Globe and Mail. Feb 2011.
Review of C Comme Catastrophe in Le Courrier. Dec 2011.
Fab Books of the Year Part 2. Fabbity Fab Book Reviews. Dec 2011.
Proust Questionnaire. Open Book Toronto. Dec 2011.
For LOVE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD:
Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. Squinklebooks March 2015.
Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. Bookish Notions. April 12, 2013.
Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. CanLit for Little Canadians Blog Review. Nov 19, 2011.
Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. Keen Readers Blog Review. Dec 2011.
Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. CM Magazine. Dec 2011.
Book signing Children’s Author Visits with Home Town Fans. By John Tapley. Woodstock Sentinel Review. Nov 13, 2011.
Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. Pass the Chiclets Blog. Oct 19, 2011.
Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. Fabbity Fab Book Reviews Blog.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Knows Lots of B Words. Quillblog.Sue Carter Flinn. July 29, 2011.
For WORDS THAT START WITH B:
Squinklebooks Review. March 2015
Book a Day Calendar: A Month of Family Reading Suggestions. Huffington Post Canada. June 5, 2014.
Words That Start With B Review. Bookish Notions. March 30th, 2013.
Tanya Lloyd Kyi’s review. July 18, 2001.
Sitting By The Ocean blog review. July 20, 2011.
Reederreads blog review. July 1, 2011.
Quill & Quire Review. Sept 2010.
Lavender Lines Blog Review. April 21, 2011.
Keepin’ it Real Book Club Blog Review. April 3, 2011.
Pass the Chiclets Blog Review. March 29, 2011.
Whatchareading Blog Review. March 27, 2011.
Mere’s Blog Review. March 7, 2011.
10 Questions with Vikki VanSickle. Woozles Blog. Feb 14, 2011
Waterloo Region Record Review. Jan 29, 2011.
CM Magazine Review. Jan 14, 2011.
CTV British Columbia Best Books for Under the Tree. Dec 9th, 2010
Word of Mouse Book Reviews. Dec 12th, 2010.
Woodstock Author Writes About “Heavy Issues”. By Heather Rivers. Woodstock Sentinel Review. November 9th 2010.
Children’s text short list explores diversity. By Beverly Brenna. The StarPhoenix. November 6 2010.
CBC Books: The Book Club Podcast. November 5th 2010.
Shelf Elf Review. October 26, 2010
Author Interview with Rachelle Delaney. October 8, 2010.
Toronto Tuesdays Interview with Claudia Osmond. October 5, 2010.
Library of Clean Reads Review. October 2, 2010.
“Hunger Games Reaches the Twilight Zone” by Rachelle Delaney. Globe and Mail, Saturday September 25th, 2010.